Braves Sign Former Deacon Pitcher

The Braves continue to stack up candidates for their Triple-A pitching staff with the signing of former Yankee farmhand Eric Schmitt.

The Atlanta Braves have signed former New York Yankee farmhand Eric Schmitt to a Triple-A contract.

The 27-year-old Schmitt spent parts of the last three seasons with the Yankees' AAA club in Columbus in the International League. Last season he was 4-2 in 23 games (5 starts) and had a 4.61 ERA, 58 hits in 54.7 innings, 28 earned runs, 17 walks, and 31 strikeouts.

Schmitt was drafted by the Yankees in the 25th round of the 2000 draft out of Wake Forest. His best season in minor league ball was in 2002, when he pitched for Tampa in the Florida State League. Schmitt was 6-6 with a 2.36 ERA in 19 games started, with 97 strikeouts in 91.1 innings of work.

The six-foot-four right-hander joins Scott Mullen, Glenn Ticker, Ryan Basner, Ken Ray, Daniel Curtis, and Brian O'Connor as candidates for the Richmond bullpen. That group will be joined by the pitchers that do not make the Atlanta bullpen, which could create a solid group for new Richmond pitching coach Derek Bothelo.

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